Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Introducing Honey and Little Girl

Today I'm introducing Honey and Little Girl to y'all. They are squirrels. Yes squirrels. We moved into our home the middle of March and I immediately started to feed the birds. The trees were bare and we are surrounded by trees, underbrush, bushes and wildlife. I'm in heaven.

If you are my friend on Facebook, you see a lot of photos of Honey and Little Girl and read about their daily escapades. I have several friends who have asked for a squirrel page. LOL guess I'm not the only one obsessed here.

Once we were settled in, about a week, I started to feed the birds and out came the squirrels. I mean, not one, not two but a colony of squirrels. They would come up on the deck 2-5 at a time. It got to where I could identify some of them.

There's Greedy Petey cause he is! A fat male squirrel who will chase the others away. Well I wasn't having that. So I set him straight right quick like.

Proud Slim, he's a skinny male who loves to sit up on his haunches and show off the family jewels. Proud one for sure. I was fussing at him one day and my husband said "how do you know it's a male?" I looked at him, "honey this ain't my first rodeo and wait until he sits up, it's pretty dang clear he's a boy!" Here came Proud Slim and BAM there were the jewels. I'm like "See, told ya".

Then there's Big Momma. I'm almost positive she is Honey and Little Girl's momma. But anyway, she can be a piggie too. Big Momma showed up this week and is, well, bigger than before. Mating season may have taken its toll on her. I may have a colony of babies here before too long.

But there was this one little cutie who would come and sit on the rail while I put out feed. So I started talking to her and trying to get close to her. As time has passed she has gotten closer and closer, even taking food from my hand a time or two.

Sometimes if I am late with the feeding I'll look out the kitchen window and see her on the rail looking like hey lady where you at?! Other times I've caught her climbing on the screen and running on the window sills. Silly things.

Little Girl
 Little Girl stays out back and is fed on the deck. I see her running around the yard but she sticks close to the deck and I'm almost positive is the culprit behind the porch break in. Something keeps pulling the screen loose and coming into the screened in porch. I'm thinking it's her because she climbs the screens and once when I was sitting in the porch area she was at the corner of the door, where the screen keeps mysteriously coming loose, and picking at it. I scolded her but she wasn't phased by it one bit.

Honey came looking for food she wandered into our upholstery shop and was running around. My husband called me and said "your baby needs food" LOL so of course I went right out. I took a few grapes and she was smitten!
 Honey loves grapes as does Little Girl but this photo was taken the first day we gave Honey grapes and she was a greedy little thing. Begging for more and grabbing them then taking off.

Little Girl is as photogenic as Honey.

 The boys watching the squirrels run around the trees and on the ground. They love this window but it's like window shopping with no money. You can look but that's it.
 Honey loves the tires on the jeep but this particular day she was sitting on the Hummer. I said "girl don't you go messing up anything that things not ours!". She of course ignored me. It was here for new seats, door panels and headliner. Our upholstery business isn't just chairs, we do automotive, marine and furniture. Magnolia Designs Custom Upholstery
 Honey with a chunk of cantaloupe. Yep I spoil the wildlife too.
 Honey has her own bowl now. And yes it matches the decor in my house. Don't be upset and thinking that I'm favoring one over the other. Little Girl had a bowl, actually three different ones but they keep getting broken or disappear altogether.??? Who knows what happens at night.
The new Birdbath aka squirrel watering bowl.
 The colony running around.

 Trying hard to get to the feeder- Little Girl running on the screen.
Chillin' on a hot day- not sure which one this is but I'm thinking it was one of the boys. Seems they like to cool their nuts on the rail, in the water bowl or on the big rock by the deck.

That was your introduction to the squirrels and if you are interested enough there will be more to come. I can't wait until the little babies start showing up!

Friday, July 26, 2019

I'm Cracked - FF July 2019

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month and is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade.

1. Cracked pot, um, no broken pot.

2. Well dang there went the feeding dish.

3. Squirrel sitting on the tree, "HEY LADY, we need a new bowl,
this one got broke."

4. No more clay pots, only plastic for outside. Why?
because between the weather,
tree limbs, squirrels and my clumsy self, nothing last long.

5. Now we can look at this in different ways, it's ruined, it's broken,
I get to go shopping or this represents life.
Broken, down and appears useless, but like life it can be glued
back together. Will it be the same? No. Will it look different? Yes.
But it can be used.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Baking In A Tornado             https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Southern Belle Charm        https://www.southernbellecharm.com  
The Bergham Chronicles    https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen         https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Peach Blackberry Camp Cake with WWFreestyle Points

How many of y'all go camping? How about glamping? You know, camping in a motor home. My idea these days of camping is a hotel. We used to camp when the boys were little. It's not my thing. I don't sleep well and during the summer it's just so sweaty. Oh lawd maybe I have some inner diva that I'm not aware of.

 I love the idea of camping. Popping a tent, building a fire, catching dinner, sleeping under the stars...well it's all sort of romantic. However, I'm gonna be honest. Wine and dine me, take me out, pull up at the hotel and I'm golden! Camping does not agree with my fibro and now with my kidney issues it's just not a good idea.

Now don't get me wrong. I do love to sit by the water be it lake, river or ocean. Build a fire and cook outside, later listening to the crickets and tree frogs while I watch the lightening bugs skitter across the air in front of me. I don't enjoy swatting at the mosquitoes and stumbling in the dark trying to find a safe place to potty. I do enjoy laying in the bed of the truck on a blanket staring up at the stars and then driving home to sleep in my own bed.

I do a lot of grilling and thoroughly enjoy it. We love to go hiking as well but early Spring, late Fall and early Winter are the only times for some of these activities. Except grilling and that you will find me doing almost every night no matter the season.

This recipe is perfect for campers be it on an open fire, on the grill or even in the oven. Baking times will vary a tad but the results will be just as fabulous.
 What a great cake for an outdoor event, camping, bonfire, picnic or just because.
Since I am following the WW Freestyle program. You can see above I measured, weighed and used lower sugar items to reduce the points, fat, calories and sugar in this recipe. You could adjust it to full calorie/fat/sugar if you wanted to.

1 Pillsbury Moist Supreme cake mix, sugar free, yellow
1 egg
4 medium peaches, peeled
1 cup fresh blackberries
3 TBSP brown sugar (or Splenda brown sugar substitute)
3/4 cup whole fat buttermilk, you could use lower fat
1 fl oz Bourbon, I used Four Roses brand
1 cup Non Fat 0% Fage Greek Yogurt

First weigh out your ingredients and prepare your fruit. In a sauce pan cook the peaches, bourbon and brown sugar.
In a bowl combine the egg, buttermilk and yogurt, then add the cake mix. Lastly fold in the blackberries.
In a springform pan, lined with foil, pour the cooked down peaches in, pour the batter on top.
Now IF you are okay with another point per serving, sprinkle 3 TBSP of brown sugar on top of the cake. If not, leave it.
Wrap the top in foil if baking on the grill or over a fire. IF you want to cook on an open fire you can line a dutch oven with foil, place the lid on and sprinkle hot coals over the lid and place the pot in the coals or on a very low grate.
Otherwise, slid the pan into a 350 degree oven. Baking time is 20-30 minutes depending on your method it could be 45 minutes.
You can serve plain, with sugar free whipped topping or ice cream if you want.
However you serve it, eat it hot, it is delicious and you'll be wanting more. IF you have any left it is pretty tasty for breakfast with a cup of joe too.
I included the photos from the recipe builder in my WW app this way folks following the WW Freestyle plan can see I'm not joking about points.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Sightings Around Town - July 2019 FOTW

Two years ago I had the privilege of meeting a young woman who was there at 9/11. From her apartment she watching as the plane hit and then the second. At first not realizing what was happening. 
She aided in the clean up, helped others and now is facing the end of her life because of her efforts. Due to the list being long and extensive let's just say her aliments are overwhelming. Getting dressed each day is a challenge. Is she complaining about her circumstance? Asking why me or shouting that she is deserving of anything? No. But she does have a positive attitude and still reaching out to others. What a testament she is. So if you believe and pray, I ask that you pray for Jodi.
So many walk around thinking they are entitled to things that they have not worked for, selfish and plain old rude. Well you should spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn from her giving caring loving spirit.
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. 
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: 
Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope             https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Menopausal Mother                     http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Bookworm in the Kitchen             https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

All in the same day...this pink SUV with brown leaves floating all over, interesting don't you think? Definitely different and easy to find in the parking lot that's for sure. I was headed to JoAnn Fabrics. I swear this guy is ALWAYS outside and so happy to see me. Oh wait, that's a mannequin. LOL Last stop before heading home? Lunch!! FINALLY FRIDAY tequila shots only $4! My first thought was, wait! HOW much are they normally? Geez, I can get a fifth for about $10 and then no worries about driving because I'll be home.
I've seen this SUV twice now. The headlights have BIG plastic eyelashes too.
 This popped up on my timeline memories for FB, seven years ago. I remember it too!
*If you are familiar with Jeff Foxworthy, then you understand "you know you're a redneck..."
Well, today I am "You know you live in the country when...(these are real folks, happened today) You are driving home and pass a fairly new Nissan car with a refrigerator tied to the top! You leave Foodlion and see that the jeep parked in front of you has a child peeing in the parking lot (they just came out of the store!) and last but not least, driving home I slow down for an animal crossing the road and it is A BLACK BEAR CUB!!!!!!!!!!! 
What a day!*
I had just picked up my son from work and we are sitting at the light in traffic.⇭⇭ I looked up and the SUV in front of me has this big ol' sign. LOL I said, well at least they are honest. 😄😄😄
I see this young lady all over town. Seems it is always at a grocery store. Each time I see her, her hair is ALWAYS two colors and each time different. She's actually very nice and is an InstaCart shopper.
I was headed down HWY 5 and look up, I said, NO WAY...yep. Two zero degree mowers on this trailer being pulled by a van. On those mowers are two guys...and you guessed it. They got on I-20!! The speed limit is 70 mph, it is 5 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon rush hour. I eased on to the interstate, this guy in front of me. It was windy and the trailer was swaying all over the road. I said OH H3LL NAH and went around him. NO way did I want that thing flipping in front of me with those guys back there. As I passed I saw the  van was loaded down, must have been well over 20 people inside of a 15 passenger van. WHERE were all the cops I normally see???? Not following that van I can tell ya that.
Can you see this??? My coffee plant has been doing so well and what do these ungrateful little varmints do?? They dig in it! Who? The squirrels. I feed those little buggers every stinking day and how do they repay me? By digging in my flowers and plants. UGH!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Greek Flavor Salad

I love salads and will get into a rut after a while. Same thing over and over and over. Anyone else guilty of this? By the way, salad isn't always about lettuce ya know. I have a post about "more than lettuce" salads HERE.

Looking on the grocery app, (which by the way I LOVE to shop this way. I can add to my list, delete, look for new items, schedule a time and day that works best for me, order, pull up, they load it and I'm off without ever setting foot in to the store) I'm browsing the pantry listings and see artichoke hearts. Now I'm thinking what can I do with those? Well any number of things. So I toss it in the cart, well virtually toss it in.

After a week, I see the can sitting in the pantry, oh yeah I forgot about those. Now what to do with them? Hmm could this be what I'm searching for to break this monotony?

I'll be honest, this salad was just okay to me but my husband loved it and ate almost the entire thing in one sitting.
Here it is, simple and easy. No muss no fuss.

Greek Flavor Salad
can of artichoke hearts, diced
tomato diced
onion diced
chick peas, one can drained and rinsed
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp parsley
salt to taste
mix rice wine vinegar/apple cider vinegar, approximately 1 TBSP each
Stir it all together in a bowl and chill. It was a great side dish to our grilled chicken.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ride'em and Rope'em - UYW July 2019

Bob pulled the truck through the gate and rolled down the window. Jess smiled as she walked over to the truck.
"Hey sugar, how y'all today? Ya here to ride, rope or show?"
Bob grinned, "we here to ride suga".
She grimaced inside and said "well all right boys, what's the name?"

Jess handed Bob his number and told him to hang it from the rear-view mirror. Pulling through the gate down to where you see Clem standing by the orange cone he will direct you from there y’all have a good day.
As the next truck pulled up just could see the driver and she had to giggle just a little. Nice big shiny Dakota pick up, brand new trailer, and the rider look like he just stepped out of a magazine. When he rolled down his window she did laugh. Here he was complete with black hat shirt and boots with rhinestones.
Just giggled when she said well now you just a little dressed up for a rodeo don’t think their cowboy?

Michael gave her his his name and event he would be competing in. He just smiled and did not let her skepticism crush his enthusiasm for the passion of the rodeo.

Next in line was Will he was last year‘s winner and overall the most talented rodeo rider she had ever seen. And it didn’t hurt that he had three gorgeous sons with him.

This went on all day until the last of the entries had arrived. As Jess was walking back to the office she could smell the wonderful aroma of hamburger. It seems kind of cruel to her for the guys to be grilling burgers right next to the holding pen. She wondered if the cows in the stalls knew what the smell was. And wondered which state was worse, being hamburger or being roped all day.

Laying the clipboard on her desk she reached for her lunchbox. A bunch of the guys gave her grief over bringing lunch every day but this was the only affordable option that she had. She was young single and struggling to make ends meet. She would not buckle under the pressure of high priced rodeo food every day. However with everything that she did you would think that they would feed her for free at least once in a while.

Friday entries had all arrived and the rodeo arena, stands and parking lot were bustling with activity.

Jess was very touched this rodeo season as the owners had set up a special area for children. Not what you would call a petting zoo but more of a Cowboys and girls in training area. They were all so cute in their little boots and hats climbing onto the bales of hay holding their rope twirling it over their head and tossing with all their mind to get it around the neck of a very docile little calf.

That afternoon as she walked through the practice area she could hear the song and the laughter of the men long before she reached the activity. There was Michael surrounded by this bunch of yahoos while they were singing rhinestone cowboy and not letting him pass. This was the part of the rodeo that she did not like. The egos, the attitude, the heckling. They swore it was all in good fun but she saw it as a bunch of men Who had not grown up and were still the schoolyard bullies.

She heard Michael’s name over the loudspeaker and knew that his practice run was up next. So as quickly as she could she hurried to the group reached between two of the guys while grabbing Michael’s arm and pulling him through. Over her shoulder she tossed the words grow up boys! When they reach the gate she patted Michael on the shoulder and said ride him, row phone and give them hell boy! Show them what a rhinestone cowboy can really do.
And show them he did. The stands and the practice area became very quiet. Michael had been on old red, the biggest and meanest bowl of the rodeo, for a little over eight seconds! This was a huge deal and everybody jumped on the gates in the fence to get a better look at this rhinestone cowboy.
Michael completed in every event that day. And came in first place in all but one.
Bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, calf roping, steer roping, goat tying, and shoot dogging.

This was extremely impressive even to Will. He had always been top dog and now here was this young buck who came in all bright and shiny and stealing the limelight he was none too thrilled about plus he didn’t wanna lose that prize money. He counted on it to carry him through the year.

For a professional cowboy you could make up to 170,000 a year. We all was in that category. He had never seen or heard of this kid Michael so he knew he could not be one of the potential winners. But it sure looked like he was going to be. Today’s Grand prize was worth $10,000 in no way did he plan on losing that to this sparkling showboating pretty boy name Michael.

Michael sat in his truck taking a break from all the dust and heat. He could hear the roar of the crowd and feel the stomping of hooves as the second round of bull riding was underway. As he drifted in and out of sleep visions of the past toyed with his peace. A rope, the pain, the sweat, the heat, pushing his hat back off his face and wiping his brow he realized his past would not let him rest. Jumping out of the truck and walking back towards the corral lost in thought when he heard his name being called.

"Michael! Michael! Don't you keep walking like ya can't hear me boy!"
Damn...he stopped and slowly turned around. There stood the meanest man he had ever known. Butch, his mama's husband. How in the world had he found him?

Stay tuned...

Photo by Jordan Heinrichs on Unsplash
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
My words are: 
rodeo ~ affordable ~ hamburger ~ rhinestones ~ touched

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                       https://www.bakinginatornado.com
Wandering Web Designer              https://wanderingwebdesigner.com/blog
The Bergham Chronicles               https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/
On the Border                           https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen            https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
Part-time Working Hockey Mom     https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/
Climaxed                                   https://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pizza Party? Yes! Fajita Pizza with a Summer Bash - Poetry

What do parties have in common? Most come with PIZZA! No matter what time of the year, how hot or how cold it is, we seem to celebrate with pizza and I am more than happy to comply with this!! I'm a huge pizza lover and really didn't realize (I know I'm slow on the uptake sometimes) that I was like "addicted" to this food. I mean come on. You can eat it cold, hot, all veggies or all meat, cheese, no cheese (GASP not really) pineapple, anti-pineapple. Whatever, we all, well almost all, LOVE pizza.
Here is my latest pizza, using leftovers! YES, a win win. Did you ever thing about that? Using leftovers for a different out of the ordinary pizza? Check it out and then scroll down for this month's poetry theme and attempt at prose or something to the like.

Fajita pizza! OMG we had fajita's just a few nights ago, cooked on the grill of course because y'all know it's my summer obsession. There really wasn't enough left for all of us and I was trying not to be greedy and eat it all myself. Then I thought, well, it's not overbearingly hot today, why not pizza for lunch? I had two thin crust in the pantry, yes sometimes I cheat and use store bought, there is always sauce and cheese in the fridge. But one pizza wasn't enough, so I did a bacon pepperoni pizza and then threw the leftovers on the cutting board. I chopped the chicken, peppers and onions into smaller pieces. After spreading a very thin layer of sauce on the crust I sprinkled the fajita mix over the crust, topped with a sprinkling of finely shredded cheese. HOLY PIE Y'ALL this thing was fabulous! I also added some fresh diced tomato to the pizza. It was a big hit and no leftovers.
Sadly this is the only picture because I wasn't sure how this would be but oh my gosh! HOT DANG good good gracious!! This was taken just prior to going in the oven.
Summer Bash Pizza Style

Summer time and parties galore
chips and soda
cookies and cake
but oh the one that grabs me the most
pizza party

teens and adults
kids and grannies
all after a slice
of the hot gooey pie

pool party
birthday party
graduations and all

we buy them
bake them
have them delivered

ahh pizza pie
my pizza pie
cheesy delight before my eyes

summer time and watermelon
hot dogs on the grill
burgers by the dozen

but nothing gives me quiet the thrill
as a pizza pie
pizza party summer bash!!
Let's see what Karen from Baking In A Tornado wrote
and Lydia from Cluttered Genius
and last but not least our resident author Diane from On the Border

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Story of Me - BWF July

Here we are in July already and it's hot, hot, hot but I much prefer it to the blasting cold. Today we, a group of blog friends and I, are posting our once a month themed post of "Blog With Friends". A post each month where we share our take on a theme. The theme this month is "The Story of Me". This can and will be interpreted different ways by each blogger as we are all different with different audiences. 

For me, this theme is perfect. In May I became a designer for Origami Owl, and our tag line is "each locket tells a story" what's yours? Well, here is my first locket and probably my favorite. Because it's tells a story, my story. You see you pick a locket, a chain and then you build your story with each charm that you add. You can tell your story all at once or build with each year or celebration depending on your story. Maybe it's a favorite memory, a holiday, a memorial of a loved one, (which I am working on for my Daddy), your children, grandchildren, anniversary and so on. The options are endless. You can also leave your locket the way you build it or change it out as the seasons change or life changes. This locket I created will remain the same. It's me but I will add one more charm, a cooking/baking charm.
What you see in my locket is my story. I'll walk you through it.
The first charm I bought, well the first 3, were the owl, camera and cross. I LOVE 💝🦉owls. I have no greater thrill than when I'm sitting in my screened in porch late in the afternoon and our neighborhood Barred owl flys in. 
The second charm is the camera. I have loved to take photos for as long as I can remember. I have literally tens of thousands of photos in scrapbooks and containers to prove it. If you are my Facebook friend you know this too because I have approximately ten thousand photos there as well. Good thing there's no storage fee. LOL
The third one is the cross. This represents my faith which is very important to me. I fail all the time because I am human not perfect. My faith has gotten me through some very tough situations.
Then I added the Swarovski crystals in deep purple. Purple is my favorite color and my birthstone.
Next I added the "Alice" charm. The white Jeep, which I happen to drive and love. Years ago I had a Jeep so last year when my husband so generously bought me a new vehicle I wanted a Jeep.
Equally important I added two Spring charms. A purple flower along with a hummingbird. Next to owls and Cardinals my favorite is the adorable, hearty, beautiful hummingbird. I have two feeders on the deck and it thrills me to see those little blurs of feathers as they zip by on a sunny afternoon.
Lastly I added Swarovski crystals and pearls. They are in a beautiful blush color and those I added just because. LOL y'all know I'm random so it comes through even in my locket.

In addition to my story locket I have an Emerald green locket (from our recently released The Wizard of Oz Limited Edition collection) and a rainbow locket that I won my first month. My newest one is below. It is a memorial to my Daddy. I miss him every single day and have wanted to do a memorial for him for some time now. I have been thinking about a tattoo in his memory, which will most likely happen at some point, but I wanted/needed to create this for him. For me.

Thank you so much for stopping by and allowing me to share "my story" with you. I have lots of stories, growing up, hardships, bad choices, blessings and a multitude of others but this one was relevant and now. It is where I am and a big part of who I am.
Be sure to visit the others, learn more about them and read their story of "me".